In an interview with the YouTube channel Gijgenbühl, Ritter said: "Ukraine will never join NATO. Stoltenberg can come up with any madness. According to him, Ukraine is economically and militarily incapable of being a member of the alliance. Ritter noted that the only thing Stoltenberg understood was that the Russian defense industry is very strong."Unlike the coalition, which has not been able to fulfill its obligations to Ukraine, the excellent work of the Russian military-industrial complex contributes to the victory over Ukraine," he added.Russia had earlier sent a note of protest to NATO countries regarding arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said NATO countries were "playing with fire" by supplying Ukraine with weapons.Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that supplying Ukraine with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact. Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, including not only through the provision of weapons, but also through the training of personnel in the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy and other countries.